Ascent of Giant Mountain on 2011-07-07

Climber: Anthony Olivari

Date:Thursday, July 7, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Giant Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4626 ft / 1410 m

Ascent Trip Report

I originally had this trip planned for the Wednesday the 6th, but the forecast said 80% chance of thundershowers so I postponed until the 7th. This turned out to be the right call as some pretty nasty weather rolled through on Wednesday the 6th. I left Lake George at 6AM and was on the trail before 7:15, only to discover that my camera had no memory card in it. No pictures for my first 46ers. The ascent up the Zander Scott Trail got fairly intense from the start, making the difference between the Catskills and the Adirondacks apparent. I crossed the bridge at the Giant's Washbowl and moved up along the ridge towards the Roaring Brook Trail. The views west towards the high peaks were incredible as I crossed the many open rock faces. The view from the summit of Giant was incredible. It was relatively early, so the wind quickly cooled me off as I watched a cloud sweep into the valley between Giant and Round Mountain. I left the summit and made my way along the East Trail into the col between Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge, making the summit of Rocky Peak at 10:15. I briefly considered tackling Bald Mountain, but prudence won out over exuberance. The views from the large cairn on Rocky Peak Ridge were just as incredible as those on Giant. After tackling the col again I summited Giant as the junction of the East Trail and the Roaring Brook Trail leaves you a mere tenth of a mile short of Giant's summit. There was no way I was doing all that work not to enjoy the view again before descending. I made it back to the car at 1:45.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3050 ft / 929 m
    Total Elevation Loss:947 ft / 288 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3050 ft / 929 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Zander Scott/Roaring Brook/East Trail
    Start Trailhead:1576 ft / 480 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:947 ft / 288 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:East Trail
    End Trailhead:3679 ft / 1121 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Giant/Rocky Peak Ridge (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Giant Mountain2011-07-07 a3050 ft / 930 m
2Rocky Peak Ridge2011-07-07 b710 ft / 216 m
3Giant Mountain2011-07-07 c947 ft / 289 m
Total Trip Gain: 4707 ft / 1435 m    Total Trip Loss: 4707 ft / 1435 m

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